The risk for workplace violence is too much for me

I am in a hard place as I enjoy working as building staff interacting with the tenants in a building in the DTES, but I hate how my employer downplays the risk for workplace violence. I have been threaten numerous times by street people and even had a needle pulled out at me and been stalked before by them. My employer is more concern about their brand and giving the tenants the false scense of security than upgrading the building's security and doing something about our safety. Calling the police is not much help and getting through VPD non-emergency at night is difficult to get a hold of. I decided that I will resign this January. I will miss the tenants, their pets, and my coworkers, but not the risk for violence.


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Nov 8, 2018 at 12:19pm

Please contact WorkSafeBC and let them know what is going on. All employers have a duty to protect workers from workplace violence and this should be reported.

Prevention services - Phone: 604.276.3100 (Lower Mainland)
Toll-free: 1.888.621.7233 (1.888.621.SAFE) (Canada)
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8:05 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Critical Incident Response (CIR) Program is a confidential program that helps workers and employers who have experienced a traumatic event in the workplace - toll-free answering service: 1.888.922.3700

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You should....

Nov 8, 2018 at 12:23pm

start a MeeToo like movement to get some Justice.

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DTE worker here too

Nov 8, 2018 at 6:03pm

I’ve asked for security countless times. It’s all about how much money to save. It’s getting worse...

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Nov 9, 2018 at 10:02am

... you're being a jerk to some of them? Not everyone can get along with everyone, especially down and outers. Rather than narcing to the Gestapo as the first post suggests, you should take your own advice, resign, get a job where you're not going to be antagonizing already marginalized people.

It's not like they have anywhere else to go, what do you want management to do, evict them? And if you have a sharp pulled on you, you call 911, not non-emergency. But given how the K-12 kids have been indoctrinated to believe in "verbal violence" and this bullshit, for all I know you're a soft-head who thinks it's "violence" if someone says "fuck off."

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Nov 9, 2018 at 12:15pm

You sound exactly like those people who harass residents in DTES and you should be ashamed of yourself! Grow up!

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Nov 10, 2018 at 12:27am

Fuck 'em. I think you've paid your dues and it's time to move on.

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